Benjamin Brandon teaches History, and serves as Director. He loves to learn, and one of his favorite ways to learn is through teaching. He has gained valuable experience teaching almost every age group, including elementary, jr. high, high school, university, and adult classes, in a variety of settings, including home-schooled co-ops, private schools, Church, and University. No matter the age of his students, Benjamin hopes to exemplify a true love of learning that is not limited to the classroom, but overflows into all areas of life. He is deeply drawn to the study of Western Civilization, especially ancient history and political philosophy. He received his B.A. degrees in International Relations and History, and completed his M.A. thesis on Christian Political Philosophy (specifically on Constantine, the first Christian emperor of the Roman Empire). Benjamin has an eclectic teaching style, weaving together reading material with various media and activities as he aims for an integrated understanding of different subjects. When not teaching, he is often found making game-winning catches in Ultimate Frisbee, or conquering the world in Risk.
Lori Hancock serves as an administrative advisor for the Boise Classical Academy after twenty years of homeschooling her four children in the Treasure Valley. Three of her kids have graduated high school and continued on to university while the youngest, a student at BCA, is entering her junior year of high school. Throughout those years of teaching at home, Lori and her husband, Roger, utilized a wide variety of educational options including private school & auxiliary classes, homeschool co-ops, online classes, public school & college dual enrollment programs, and tutors. During the last three years Lori has been involved with the Aaron Academy as both a parent and a teacher.
Derek Ririe, who teaches Economics & Ideologies, recently completed his B.A. in Philosophy at Boise State University. His areas of interest include the History of Philosophy and Ancient, Modern and Analytic Philosophy. Outside of these academic interests he enjoys reading classical literature, engaging in discussion, traveling abroad, playing Frisbee and riding his bike. He recently completed a two term study abroad in Lueneburg, Germany, and has experience tutoring students at BSU in philosophy.
Manna Hancock teaches Literature at BCA. While a student in the Torrey Honors program at Biola University, Ms Hancock immersed in the study of great books of the Western culture and was introduced to the classical method of teaching via mentors and small group discussion. Consequently, she is a strong proponent of equipping students with skills to critically read, successfully discuss, and ultimately assimilate literature of historical value. As a third year teacher, Ms. Hancock has discovered a passion for engaging students in the wonders of the written word.
Sam Kelley teaches the Latin classes at BCA. He worked as a produce clerk for the past decade in Massachusetts and Idaho while finishing high school and going to college and graduate school. Now he is happy to be teaching Latin to high school students in addition to tutoring and teaching history at the college level. During college he studied history and philosophy, and he began graduate school studying early Christianity but quickly switched his focus to American religious history, which remains his primary interest. Mr. Kelley likes reading (history, philosophy, theology); writing; playing guitar; fly fishing; spending time with his family, all of whom live locally; and listening to people’s stories. His favorite books are The Evangelical Mind and the New School Presbyterian Experience and Jonathan Edwards: A Life, both by George Marsden.
Roy Wiersma teaches Math and Chemistry at BCA. He received his BA in Philosophywith a minor in mathematics from BSU in 2010. During this year he discovered his aptitude for teaching while working in a math tutoring lab at BSU. After graduation he volunteered for Americorps. As a volunteer he was placed at Jefferson elementary school where he further developed his teaching skills working with children K-6. After his stint with Americorps Roy began work with Huntington Learning Center preparing high school student for SAT, ACT, and AP math and science tests. In this one-on-one scenario his teaching style came to light. He believes that learning is a naturally rewarding behavior, and it is the responsibility of the educator to demonstrate how satisfying and energizing the act of discovery can be. By cultivating this recognition of value in discovery students will become impassioned lifelong learners and will be able to adapt to any challenge they face.
Steve Huffman teaches Physical Science. He was born and raised in Indiana, but was an Air Force transplant. He has now lived in Idaho twice as long as Indiana, so he considers himself a native Idahoan. He can’t imagine living anywhere else on earth! Steve met Jackie, his wife, while he was getting his pilot’s license. They married in 1980 and have two kids. He was a fireman for thirty years, and enjoyed every minute of it. After retiring in 2011 he has kept busy with hobbies, travel, camping, and ATVs. He has know Mr. Brandon for several years and has taken several classes from him, where Mr. Brandon spotted his knack for teaching during class presentations. Steve’s background in the sciences suits him well for teaching general science, and he brings with him a passion for integrating faith and science.
Lesley Marks, who teaches Math, attended Boise State for a bachelors in math and secondary education. After Boise State she attended CWI for an AA in psychology to entertain the idea of becoming a school psychologist. During that time she began tutoring students in math and refreshed her love for teaching math. She has been tutoring students from all ages in math classes from basic arithmetic to college algebra. Lesley has always had a focus on working with children whether it was working in a preschool or doing ACT prep classes for high school students. Math and education are her passions and hopefully she can spread that passion to her students.